A neck wattle, also known as a turkey neck, detracts from an otherwise youthful-looking face. If you're not ready to go under the knife to trim away extra skin and fat from a turkey neck, head and neck exercises can also restore a youthful tone to your face, according to Annelise Hagen, author of "The Yoga Face: Eliminate Wrinkles with the Ultimate Natural Facelift," quoted by "Time" magazine. Add an isometric element by gently pressing your palm against your head or neck and gently pushing against your pressed palm while you perform the exercises.
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To perform a head rotation, sit or stand with your head facing forward. Turn your head slowly to the left as far as you can manage. Keep the movement of your head smooth and controlled. Do not strain your neck. Once you've turned your head as far left as possible, hold the position for a count of two, then slowly return to the starting position. Repeat the exercise, turning your head to the right, then returning to the starting position. Complete five to 10 repetitions and repeat the exercise three times per day. This exercise releases tension in addition to developing strong neck muscles that hold the chin in place, according to the University of Maryland Department of Environmental Safety.
Front and Back Neck Tilt
Neck tilt exercises prevent the jowling of the lower jaw that often accompanies turkey neck, according to Hagen. Do not move the shoulders during this exercise, the American Council on Exercise states. Complete five to 10 repetitions, three times per day.
Begin by standing with your head facing forward and your feet shoulder-width apart. Tilt your head up slowly so that you are looking at the ceiling while pressing your tongue to the roof of your mouth. Hold for a count of two, then return to the starting position. Then, tilt your head forward and press your chin into your chest. Hold the position for 15 to 30 seconds, then slowly lift your head until you resume the starting position.
Side Neck Tilt
Begin the side tilt exercise by standing with your head facing forward. Tilt your head to the left, but keep facing forward. Hold the position for a count of two, then return to the starting position. Repeat the motion by tilting your head to the right. Do five to 10 repetitions, three times per day. If your ear touches your shoulder, you've stretched too far, the University of Maryland Department of Environmental Safety warns. Maintain smooth, gradual movement to avoid possible injury. Keep your shoulders still during this exercise, and do not hold your breath.
REFERENCES & RESOURCES
- University of Maryland Department of Environmental Safety: Neck Exercises
- American Council on Exercise: ACE Get Fit -- Neck Flexion and Extension
- American Council on Exercise: ACE Get Fit -- Lateral Neck Flexion
- "Time": Skip the Botox. Try Facial Yoga; Kate Stinchfield; Nov. 13, 2007
- "Time": Facial Yoga -- Baby Bird
- GateWay Community College: Superficial Head and Neck -- Full Tutorial
- BodyBuilding.com: Exercise Guides -- Neck Exercises